Sunday, 10 March 2019

Computational Modelling '19 and Physical Separation '19: provisional programmes now available

The National Maritime Museum, overlooking Falmouth's large natural harbour, will be the venue for Computational Modelling '19 and Physical Separation '19, which run back to back beginning on June 11th, a great time to be in beautiful Cornwall.
Falmouth's National Maritime Museum (photo Bob Berry)
Computational Modelling is one of MEI's smaller, highly specialised conferences, and the provisional timetable includes a keynote lecture by Dr. Paul Cleary, of CSIRO, Australia, a renowned international expert on modelling of mineral processing systems.
There has been a record number of papers submitted to Physical Separation '19, the 5th in this series, and the very full technical programme reflects the increasing interest and use of physical separation methods in the mining industry.
For almost 40 years engineers have explored opportunities for using microwave energy to improve the efficiency of mineral and metallurgical processes, but while the mechanistic principles are well established, the scientific and engineering challenges of developing a commercial scale system have been immense. However, recent work has shown for the first time that microwave technology can be used in commercial mineral processing plants and that it can be used at significant scale with several of the largest microwave processing plants ever built being applied. We are fortunate to have the team leader, Prof. Sam Kingman, of the University of Nottingham, UK, give a keynote lecture which will draw conclusions as to the steps required to see this technology in daily use across our industry - a time which he feels may be sooner than some workers may have previously thought!
This is a conference not to be missed if you are interested in microwave applications, ore sorting, gravity and magnetic separation, sizing and classification, and dewatering. There will be well over 40 papers presented, with authors from over 20 countries. The strong corporate support reflects the interest in this event.
At the end of the first day of each conference there will be a guided 3 mile walk along Falmouth's beautiful coast line, passing the great Tudor Pendennis Castle and the Falmouth Docks, to welcome real Cornish ale in the famous 17th century Chain Locker Inn.
Physical Separation '17 delegates at the Fal estuary
Relaxing at the Chain Locker
At the end of Physical Separation '19 there will be an optional visit to the ruins of the 19th century tin and copper mine at Wheal Peevor, and on the Saturday delegates are invited to a Walking with Poldark tour along the north Cornwall tin mining coast, organised by Cornish Lithium Ltd.
The popular Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival also begins on the final day of Physical Separation '19, so the town will be busy that week, so we recommend that you reserve your accommodation early.
See #ComputationalModelling 19 and #PhysicalSeparation19 for the latest updates. We look forward to seeing you in Falmouth in June.

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